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Browse the varied selection of drawing supplies available at Staples® to find the right tools for creating sketches. The right set of drawing implements to get depends on the user's skill level. While beginners and school-age kids only require basic tools, professionals need more precise and versatile art supplies in their drawing kits.

Essential Accessories to Get When Shopping for Drawing Supplies
The four essential drawing tools for budding artists are pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Regular pencils have solid cores made of graphite and charcoal. They are available in different hardness levels, with each producing lines of unique thickness and intensity. Manufacturers classify drawing pencils with an HB scale and a numerical scale. The number and H designation of a pencil describe the hardness of its graphite core. The harder the implement, the lighter it draws. B expresses the blackness of a pencil mark. Soft drawing pencils have markings ranging from B to 8B while hard ones bear HB to 5H.

There are three features artists have to look for when comparing drawing paper. These are texture, weight, and durability. Sketchbooks with a smooth texture are best for soft pencils. Choose acid-free sketch paper to make drawings last longer. For erasers, look for one that's soft and smooth. It should remove lines cleanly, leave little to no residue, and preserve the surface of drawing paper.

Choose an Artist Set for a Complete Collection of Drawing Supplies
Drawing sets contain all the supplies needed by most artists. These sets usually have multiple pencils and erasers. They may also include additional drawing implements like sketching pens and blending stumps. Pick a set of graphite pencils of different grades ranging from B (softest) to 5H (hardest). Mechanical pencils allow users to make small sketches and draw fine details. In addition to the grades of their lead cores, artists also consider tip fineness when selecting mechanical pencils. To do color drawings, consider a set of crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and/or chalk pastels.

What Charcoal Drawing Supplies Do Artists Need?
Charcoal is excellent for figure drawing and is available as stick, pencil, and in powder form. Charcoal pencils are for drawing fine details while the stick form is best for broad strokes and sketching on large canvases. There are three types of drawing charcoal. Willow charcoal is hard and brittle and puts down light lines that are easy to blend and rub off. Compressed charcoal draws thick lines and is suitable for shading but is difficult to erase or blend. Vine charcoal offers a good balance between willow and compressed varieties.

What Should You Look for in Art Pens When Shopping for Drawing Supplies?
Tips and ink types are important features to note when comparing drawing pens. Besides color, also consider the quality, opacity, flow, and drying speeds of the inks. The best drawing pens use quick-drying, fade-resistant, and waterproof archival inks.

Should Artists Get Specialty Paper When Ordering Drawing Supplies?
Yes and no. Any type of paper can serve as drawing paper. However, it is best to use the right paper for each drawing tool. For example, graphite and charcoal pencils sketch better on thick and coarse paper. Look for a sketchbook filled with smooth pages when drawing with pens, crayons, and markers.
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Crayola® Colored Pencils, 12/Box
Item: 300525 / Model : 68-4012
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3 mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
3.49 $3.49
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Sargent Art Colored Pencil Set, Assorted, 120/Pack
Item: 1610004 / Model : SAR227252
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  • Colored pencil set
  • Assorted set of 120 colored pencils
  • Suitable for ages 3-10
20.99 $20.99
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Crayola® Washable Crayons, 24/Pack
Item: 452838 / Model : 52-6924
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  • 24 assorted washable colors
  • Ages: 4+ years
  • Non-toxic
4.29 $4.29
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Sargent Art® Watercolor Pencils, 72/Pack
Item: 155650 / Model : SAR227272
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  • 3.3 mm lead
  • Assorted barrel
  • 7" long
17.99 $17.99
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Oil Pastels, 25 color set
Item: 871642 / Model : CK-9807
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  • Regular size sticks are 2" long x 1/3" diameter
  • 25 piece set
  • Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
6.29 $6.29
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Sakura Pigma Micron All Black 8 Piece Pen Set
Item: 940795 / Model : 30067
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  • Archival quality ink is waterproof, chemical resistant and fade resistant
  • Ink will not bleed and is quick drying
  • Black Ink
18.09 $18.09
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Sakura® 0.2 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item: 300220 / Model : 30064
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  • 0.2 mm tip
  • Black, red, blue, green, brown, purple
  • Suitable for acid free environments, archival quality, and pH neutral
14.29 $14.29
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Crayola® Creativity Tub
Item: 573999 / Model : 04-5358
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  • Over 80 different items. Crayons, chalk, colored pencils, construction paper and more!
  • Clear, durable container provides storage and easy clean up when play time is over
  • Easy Clean Up, includes Washable paints and markers
17.89 $17.89
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 36 Pack
Item: 2070332 / Model : 92885T
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  • Colored pencils with soft, thick cores that are perfect for shading and shadows
  • Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
  • Premium wood barrels with thick, robust leads that resist cracking and chipping
59.99 $59.99
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Royal Brush Water Color Pencils, 24/Pack, Assortment
Item: 300009 / Model : WPEN24
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  • Barrel color: Assorted
  • Formulated with brilliant colors, these pencils can transform from a drawing to a painting in an instant
  • Simply glide over the pencil lines with a wet brush
12.49 $12.49
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Crayola Twistables Mini Crayons, 24/Pack
Item: 589733 / Model : 52-9724
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  • Fun new mini size
  • 24 different brilliant colors
  • Clear vinyl pouch provides re-usable storage
7.49 $7.49
24/Pack
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Crayola® Colored Pencils Classpack®, 240/Box
Item: 424772 / Model : 68-8024
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3-mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
38.89 $38.89
240/Carton
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Crayola® Eraseable Colored Pencils, 12/Pack
Item: 495889 / Model : 68-4412
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  • Pre-sharpened long pencils are strong and durable
  • 12 bright, intense assorted colors have smooth lay down
  • 3.3mm lead size
5.49 $5.49
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Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 18/Pack
Item: 636184 / Model : 68-7418
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  • Clear barrels for easy color identification and viewing the twisting action
  • Lead doesn't need sharpening
  • Clear vinyl pouch for reusable storage
6.59 $6.59
18/Pack
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Ultimate Crayon Case, Sharpener Caddy, 152 Colors
Item: 267649 / Model : 52-0030
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  • Recommended for ages 3 and up
  • 152ct Ultimate Crayon Case
  • Clear View to 152 crayons
15.79 $15.79
152/Box
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Write Start Colored Pencils, 8/St
Item: 791582 / Model : 68-4108
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  • Extra-thick 5.3 mm tip
  • Six-sided shape
  • Eight bright colors with fun decorations on pencil barrel
4.99 $4.99
8/Box
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Oil Pastels, Assorted Colors, 28/Pk
Item: 752039 / Model : 52-4628
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  • Set includes red, blue, yellow, orange, violet, green, blue violet, red violet, yellow green, blue green, yellow orange, red orange, black, white, gray, silver, gold, pink, green yellow, sky blue, sea green, brick red, goldenrod, midnight blue, forest green, apricot, peach, brown
  • Colors are easy to blend and the pointed tips allow for detailed drawing
  • Recommended for kids age 7 and up
5.99 $5.99
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 12/St
Item: 589737 / Model : 68-7408
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  • AP certified non-toxic
  • Pencil barrels do not get shorter with use
  • Clear barrel provides view of inside twisting action
5.99 $5.99
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Crayola® Short Barrel Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, 12/Box
Item: 508982 / Model : 68-4112
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  • Thick 3.3mm lead
  • Bright colors provides smooth, scratch free laydown
  • 12 assorted colors
2.79 $2.79
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Crayola Crayons Classpacks 16 Color Reg Size 800 Crayons (BIN528016)
Item: 23976798 / Model : BIN528016
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  • Crayons Classpack
  • 800 Crayons
  • Made from paraffin wax and color pigment.
49.99 $49.99
800/Box
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Cra-Z-Art Washable Crayons, 24/Pack
Item: 1560679 / Model : 10222-48
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  • School quality and smooth drawing
  • Colors: 24 assorted colors that offer a wide range of vibrant colors
  • Great for use at home or school
2.49 $2.49
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Crayola® Washable Dry-Erase Crayons, Assorted, 8/Pack
Item: 833842 / Model : 98-5200
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  • Color: Black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red, yellow
  • Crayon size : 5" x 9/16"
  • Size group: Large
6.99 $6.99
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Crayola® Crayons Classpack®, 16 Colors, 800/Box
Item: 430748 / Model : 52-8016
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  • Allows entire classroom to draw, create and color
  • Create brilliant creations with this classpack
  • More intense hues and truer colors, inspiring students with the colors that correspond to their ideas
64.99 $64.99
800/Carton
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Staedtler Pigment Liner Sketch Pen (308SB6BK)
Item: 457159 / Model : 308SB6BK
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  • Material: Polypropylene barrel for long life and long metal tip
  • High-quality pigments delivers wonderful performance for drawing
  • Unique formulation of ink does not get fade away
18.79 $18.79
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